Famous Four Seasons Design

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“An oiran (high-class courtesan) and her favorite client in their luxurious private room.”

Reference: p.129 (Ill.124) in 'Shunga, the Erotic Art of Japan' by Marco Fagioli.

"One of Kunisada's best known works, 'An Appraisal of Sensual Pleasure (Shiki no nagame)' produced from 1827 to 1832, consists of a series of short narratives with dialogue and poems, closely connected with the four seasons, to each of which volume is devoted. In his erotic images, Kunisada puts the emphasis on scenes that are physically extreme, even a little grotesque, like the one set on a pleasure boat  in which a woman is crouching, with clasped hands and one foot in line with the edge of the boat, while a servant touches her intimately from behind. (excerpt from Poem of the Pillow and Other Stories by Gian Carlo Calza)

Antique Japanese color woodblock. Shunga (Erotic print).

Additional Information

Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865)

Date: Bunsei era, 10th year (1827)

Size: 13 1/5" x 9 3/4" inches (Ohon size)

Series: 'Shunka shuto shiki no nagame' (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter: Prospects for the Four Seasons aka. An Appraisal of Sensual Pleasure in the Four Seasons). From book volume I.
Impression: Excellent (With metallic pigments, burnishing and gauffrage)
Color: Excellent

Condition: Very good (Very minor wear and soiling, one minuscule hole, thin album backing)

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